|Sociology survey examines family life|
Researchers at the University of North Dakota began a survey of selected Grand Forks residents June 16. The survey is part of a study examining how family life is affected by work and community. By better understanding these relationships we are able to develop social policies that are beneficial to families, workplaces, and communities, said the study's director, Krista Lynn Minnotte (sociology).
Minnotte encourages residents who are selected to participate in the study. Only if a high percentage of selected residents complete the questionnaire will scientifically valid conclusions be possible, said Minnotte. Joshua Burbank, Mike Braget, Timothy Driscoll, Gabe Kilzer, and Kelly Larson, graduate students and research assistants at UND, will be contacting residents from a randomly selected sample of households. Only households with couples who both work in the paid labor force (part-time or full-time) will be asked to complete the questionnaires.
Questionnaires will be left with each member of the couple and once they are completed research assistants will return to pick them up. The questionnaires do not identify respondents by name and individual responses are guaranteed to remain strictly confidential. Only group information will be presented in the final report. Results of the research will be made available to residents through local news media when the study is completed.
The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at UND.